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Henry S. Montgomery Receives a Patent for the “Type II” Montgomery Safety Dial

Pictured: Illustration of U.S. Patent #54950, Montgomery’s Type II Safety Dial Design After failing to receive a patent for his 1899 “Safety Dial” design, Henry S. Montgomery became committed to creating a patentable design with his second generation dial. After several years of development, Montgomery was successful, and a patent for his “Type II” safety dial was issued April 20, 1920. The design was distinguished from his original dial by smaller hour figures and elongated marks delimiting each minute. After the application was filed in December 1918, Mr... Continue Reading

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Introduction of Henry S. Montgomery’s Second “Safety Dial” (1920 Type II)

Pictured: Advertisement for Montgomery’s Second “Safety Dial,” Published in the April 21, 1920 issue of The Topeka State Journal. Since the introduction of his first “Safety Dial” on the Santa Fe Railway System in 1899, Henry S. Montgomery emphasized the critical importance of minute figures on watch dials and often criticized the practice of marking hour figures in large bold numerals. He claimed that the misreading of minutes was more common and led to greater danger than misreading of hour figures. After Montgomery's design was introduced to the broader market in 1910, the dial became a very popular option for watches in railroad service. This success allowed him to form the Montgomery Safety Dial Company.  As sales flourished, Montgomery looked to capitalize on his success by improving his design even further. In April 1920, Montgomery introduced a new “Safety Dial,” characterized by smaller hour figures and elongated marks delimiting each minute... Continue Reading

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Broad Market Introduction of The Montgomery Dial: “A Dial That Almost Speaks the Time”

Once Henry S. Montgomery introduced his “Safety Dial” to the broad watch market in 1910, the practical dial design became an instant success.  Royalty deals were arranged with the major watch factories in America, and Montgomery’s numerical dial was quickly accepted as the favorite option for railroad watches. The continuous marginal minute figures around the perimeter of the dial was optimal for quick and accurate time-telling at a glance. Companies like Elgin leveraged the dial’s popularity, advertising it as “A Dial That Almost Speaks the Time.” Pictured: Elgin Advertisement Published in The Topeka State Journal, February 12, 1910. ... Continue Reading

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Serial No.: #19479239
Manufacturer:Elgin
Grade:291
Size:16s
Model:7
Jewels:7
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1917
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Serial No.: #4021489
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:No. 1
Size:18s
Model:1883
Jewels:7
Setting:Lever
Finish:Gilt
Est. Date:April 1889 - August 1889
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Serial No.: #3563555
Manufacturer:New York Standard Watch Co.
Grade:61
Size:18s
Model:9
Jewels:7
Setting:Lever
Finish:Gilt or Nickel
Est. Date:1903
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Serial No.: #22871129
Manufacturer:Elgin
Grade:431
Size:6/0s
Model:2
Jewels:7
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1920
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Serial No.: #20567396
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:No. 210
Size:12s
Model:1894
Jewels:7
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Gilt Damaskeened
Est. Date:1916
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Serial No.: #29237812
Manufacturer:Elgin
Grade:315
Size:12s
Model:3
Jewels:15j
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Gilt Damaskeened
Est. Date:1927
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Serial No.: #1449667
Manufacturer:Hamilton
Grade:924
Size:18s
Model:1
Jewels:17j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1923
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Serial No.: #23386091
Manufacturer:Elgin
Grade:455
Size:16s
Model:15
Jewels:19j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1921
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Serial No.: #34133303
Manufacturer:Elgin
Grade:506
Size:16s
Model:15
Jewels:21j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1933
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